Speaking at Planning Committee

        Temporary measures for Public Speaking at Planning Committee

        In response to the continued public health concerns from the outbreak of COVID-19, Thanet District Council are currently holding remote Planning Committee meetings, available for streaming through the Council’s Youtube channel.

        Members of the public and applicants for proposals are normally able to speak at Planning Committee meetings before each individual item is debated by members. As this is not possible using the method of holding remote meetings, statements/speech by members of the public and applicants will be read out by a designated officer at the appropriate time in the meeting. The process below should be followed to ensure that statements/speeches can be provided to members to be taken into account in the determination of planning applications:

        • All representatives who have logged a formal public comment with TDC Planning department  about an application to be reported to Planning Committee will be sent a letter/email (depending on method of correspondence) providing information about how to register to “speak” at the Planning Committee.

        • The existing practice of public speaking will continue, one speaker against for a non-major application, up to three on major applications. Speakers must register before 12pm on the Monday of Committee week.

        • The individual who has registered to speak has until 12pm on the Tuesday (one day before Planning Committee) to provide a statement to Democractic Services (committee@thanet.gov.uk). The statement must be no longer 3 minutes when spoken out loud.

        • The statement provided will be assessed by the Planning team (in consultation with the Head of Legal Services) on Tuesday afternoon. Statements that contain personal, racist, defamatory or derogatory material will be redacted and returned to the representative in the form that they will be read out to members by the end of Tuesday.

        • All of the above also applies to statements by the applicant.


        Public Engagement at Planning Committee

        To enable you to play an active part in the planning process members of the public are able to speak/provide statements at meetings of the Planning Committee on any schedule applications, which are to be considered.

        For the opportunity to speak/provide a statement, you must have submitted a written representation on a planning application, to the Planning Applications Section by the close of the consultation period applicable to that application.

        Not all planning applications go to the Planning Committee for decision, some are decided by Planning Officers under delegated powers.  If an application is to be decided by Planning Committee, the Council will write to you to invite you to book a slot to speak/provide a statement. Only upon receipt of that letter or email may you make contact with the Committee Clerk who will be happy to book you in and offer you any help or advice that you may require. Those wishing to speak/provide a statement must telephone the Committee Clerk on 01843 577046 or email committee@thanet.gov.uk and register their request by no later than noon on the Monday before the Planning Committee meeting. Once the closing date and time for registering a wish to speak/provide a statement has passed, no additions will be permitted to the list of speakers.

        Presentations are limited to three minutes per speaker and are taken

        in the following order: –

        ● From the applicant or his or her representative;

        ● From one* person raising points of concern;

        ● From one representative of the Town or Parish Council (if applicable);

        ● From a ward councillor who indicates to the Chairman that he or she wishes to

        speak; and

        ● From a councillor who has declared a prejudicial interest in relation to the

        planning application but who wishes to address the Committee prior to leaving the


        * From three persons in the case of a major planning application

        Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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